windsor Spitfires’ Winning Streak Ends in Oshawa
The Windsor Spitfires six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end as the they dropped a 9-5 decision to the Oshawa Generals at the Tribute Communities Centre on Sunday, January 22. The loss came in a second straight high-scoring game for Windsor and followed a wild win over the Barrie Colts the night earlier.
In Oshawa, Cameron Butler scored twice for the Generals who received single markers from Tecumseh’s Ryan Gagnier, Luca D’Amato, Joseph Serpa, Calum Ritchie, Dylan Roobroeck, Ryder McIntyre and Stuart Rolofs.
Rookie right-winger Liam Greentree paced the Spitfires offensively with three goals and Matthew Maggio notched a pair of goals, including his league-leading 34th of the season, for the Spitfires. The hat trick for Greentree was the first of his OHL career and gave the native of Oshawa 17 goals for the rookie right-winger.
Windsor starting netminder Joey Costanzo was pulled with just over a minute remaining in the first period after allowing three goals on 12 shots. He was replaced by Ian Michelone who was making his debut in a Spitfire uniform and who made seven saves in a relief effort before himself being replaced by Costanzo to start the third period. The Spits starting netminder made another five saves in his third period return to between the Windsor pipes.
Carter Bickle made 31 stops for the Generals.
Jacob Maillett scored twice and Shane Wright, Greentree, Maggio and Rodwin Dionicio all scored once as the Spitfires kicked off their week with a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters at the WFCU Centre on Thursday, January 19. Carey Terrance, Sam Alfano and Pano Fimis all replied for the Otters.
Costanzo made 24 saves to pick up the win in goal for Windsor while former Spitfire goaltender Aaron Downey made 29 stops for Erie.
Saturday night, January 21, Brett Harrison scored three goals and Anthony Cristofaro scored twice as the Spitfires outlasted the Colts 8-7 at the Sadlon Arena. Alex Christopoulos, Maggio and Colton Smith all added singles for the Spitfires . Tyler Savard paced the Colts offensively with a pair of goals while Braden Haché, Ethan Quick, Cole Beaudoin, Declan McDonnell and Ethan Cardwell all scored once. Savard, the son of Spits head coach Marc Savard, was traded earlier this season to Barrie from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Smith’s 14th goal of the season midway through the third period stood up as the game-winner stood up as the game-winner as both team scored once in the final frame after combining to score nine goals (Windsor had five) in the middle frame.
Colts starting netminder Anson Thornton allowed seven goals on 29 shots before being pulled in favour of Ben West, who allowed one goal on the six shots he faced. Costanzo made 31 saves to pick up the within net for the Spitfires.
The Spitfires, who sit atop both the OHL’s Western Conference and West Division standings, return to action on Thursday, January 26 when the travel to North Bay to take on the Battalion in the first of a three-game road-trip that also has stops in Sudbury (Jan. 27) and Guelph (Jan. 29)
The Spitfires’ next home game is Thursday, February 2 when they host the Greyhounds.